2005-07-08 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

Rockaway Artists Alliance More Summer Treats In And Around NYC
by Susan Hartenstein

Rockaway Artists Alliance
More Summer Treats In And Around NYC


Gallery & Theater Happenings @ Fort Tilden:

In and Around: an exhibition of 3-D works is on view in sTudio 7 Gallery, RoCA@Fort Tilden, through July 10.

sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 gallery hours: Saturdays: 12-5 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. For info: rockart116@aol.com.

My Fair Lady, produced by the Rockaway Theatre Company, comes to the Post Theater. Dates: July 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 29, 30, August 5 and 6 at 8 p.m.; Matinee on July 31 at 2 p.m. Director: John Gilleece. Visit: www.rockaway theatrecompany.org for info.

Next RAA general meeting: Monday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Building T-149, Fort Tilden.

All are welcome.

Bring your latest artwork.

RAA Free Adult Classes:

RAA is offering free adult education classes to community residents. This summer’s classes will take place in sTudio 7 Gallery (building T-7) in Fort Tilden on weeknight evenings during the months of July and August.

Cartooning classes will be held for 6 Tuesdays beginning July 12 and running through August 16 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cartooning classes will be taught by Bob Sarnoff the Editorial Cartoonist of New York’s oldest weekly newspaper, The Wave. The class will concentrate on local and world events via images and captions while mastering skills and techniques of cartooning. Some of the students’ cartoons may find their way to the pages of The Wave. Stained Glass classes will begin August 1 and will run Monday and Wednesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for three weeks. The instructor is Norma Allende, accomplished local artist whose work has been exhibited in the RAA galleries and other venues. This beginner level workshop teaches basic techniques and procedures used by professionals like Tiffany incorporating today’s technology. Students will make a sun-catcher or a two dimensional design.

Each class will have a maximum of ten participants. Sign up is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those interested in signing up should call the RAA office at 718-474-0861 or e-mail: rock art116@aol.com.

As you may already know, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is one of my favorite places – in summer or any other season. For artists and non-artists, gardeners and those exhilarated by the beauty of nature, it is a place of repose and inspiration. Recently, the garden has gone through some renovations, adding to its beauty, upgrading aging infrastructure and making it more accessible. It also offers terrific art classes. In addition, BBG regularly presents art exhibitions in their Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery. The Secret Garden: A Woman’s View, which runs through Sunday, August 7, presents the work of members of the New York-based PWP (Professional Women Photographers). On display are several women’s magnified views of secret treasures “hidden” within a garden. Scent-sational Garden Tours, from July 9 through September 4, offers visitors the opportunity to take self-guided walks through BBG aided by brochures and signs leading to the most fragrant plants in the Garden. Log onto: www.bbg. org for more information about these and other events and features of this special place.

The wonderful Brooklyn Watercolor Society presents an exhibition of works through July 25 at Kingsborough Community College, Art and Sciences Building. One of the participating artists is RAA’s own Christian Le Gars.

Tabla Rasa Gallery at 224 48th Street in Sunset Park in Brooklyn presents Summer in the City, original artwork from the urban landscape, from July 9 through August 27. The Artists Reception is Wednesday, July 13 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will include book signing by internationally exhibited photographic artist Thomas Roma, one of the eight artists featured in the exhibition. Though unified by the theme, the artwork varies in style and content. Stephen Basso, for example, creates whimsical fantasies on his canvases, while Karen Roth’s are full of the raw grit

of industrial skylines. Mary Creede’s paintings are compelling, richly colored nocturnal views. Gallery co-director Audrey Anastasi states, “You can almost hear the music which permeates the subjects of Willie Torbert’s brilliant collages, deeply rooted in… jazz.” Visit: www.tablarasagalle ry com for more information.

Heading north this summer? The Ogunquit Playhouse is located in Ogunquit, Maine, offering breathtaking views of the rough Maine seacoast. The town is also the home of many artists and galleries.

The Playhouse has a 72-year tradition of offering fine professional theater. Through July 23 the Elton John-Tim Rice musical, Aida will be presented. From July 25 through August 6 is The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, starring the unsinkable Sally Struthers. August 22-September 10 will see Nunsations! The Nunsense Vegas Revue, written and directed by the man who gave us the brilliant Nunsense – Dan Goggins. I can only imagine. Visit: www.ogunqu itplayhou se.org.

The Glimmerglass Opera in the Alice Busch Opera Theater is 8 miles north of Cooperstown, NY, in what has been called “a magical setting.” It is celebrating The Art of Love, its 30th anniversary festival season.

This summer, works presented include Lucie de Lammermoor by Donizetti and Britten’s Death in Venice. Special events include dinners, cabarets, receptions, backstage tours, symposia and seminars. Some of the world’s most accomplished singers, directors, conductors and designers participate in The Glimmerglass Opera productions.

The company is artistically linked to the New York City Opera.

Programs offer training and master classes by such renowned artists as Jonathan Miller and Benita Valente. Visit: www .glimmerglass.org for full information.

Just a few ideas for your summer pleasure. Enjoy. CU@RoCA.

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